Tell me which you prefer...
the eloquent, educated gravitas of someone whose oratory embodies the genuine honesty, serious dignity and moral authority of the best American ideals...
Or the hungry, nasal, note-reading babble of a shameless hustler on the make...
Could you show me Afghanistan on a map please Sarah?
Knowing what I know of Dr. King's writings and speeches, it's hard for me to think that he would agree with last weekend's protest/speeches as having anything to do with the struggles American blacks lived with in the 1960s. It's the hijacking of an era, or more accurately, the unsuccessful hijacking of an era. I think most Americans know the difference between the Civil Rights Movement and the Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin show.
They have the right to say what they want to, surely. And people can believe them if they wish. But to try and claim King's legacy for themselves was more than a bit insulting in my opinion. As for Sarah, well, I won't vote for her. But if she were the nominee, Tina Fey and I would probably both donate a few bucks to her campaign just for the comic relief.
The whole mess on the mall galled me to no end. To take a significant day and place, and attempt to hijack it for views at complete odds with those of Dr. King...just appalling. King preached unity and equality; Beck and his ilk preach that the right wing has something to "reclaim." Really? What?
Well, I'm sure she can't do anything about the nasal quality of her voice, but....I'll be the first to say thank you for the choice, and my answer is obvious...although I'm sure many will say that you're being unfairly biased toward a woman who has worked really hard at being nothing at all. I'm probably the embodiment of everything Sarah Palin fears...a female with no children who believes in birth control, unmarried but living with my boyfriend of 5 years, UCLA educated, and beginning my sixth year as a high school English teacher. Oh, and did I mention that I actually follow politics and local, national, and world events? And I vote? Of course, she recently revealed her true impression of teachers, rolling her eyes at a woman who dared practice her first amendment rights by telling Mrs. Palin exactly what she thought of her half-term as governor.
Having read over that, I realize I sound incredibly bitter. Mostly, I don't like the attempted hijacking of the term "feminist", and I don't want to see people swindled by someone who is so painfully lacking any leadership qualities. And I really wish the media would stop giving her coverage, although I'm not any better by taking time to discuss her!
May Dr. King's dream outlive this time of intellectual stagnation and incredible tension in our nation. And may Dr. King's dream outlive the influence of all political hucksters, no matter their declared affiliation.